One of the best things about training camp and the preseason are the guys who emerge seemingly out of nowhere to earn Fantasy-relevant jobs in the NFL. It's also the time of year when new roles are carved out and pecking orders are determined at wide receiver.
In Dynasty leagues in particular, it's a good time to stock up on running backs and wide receivers who haven't done anything yet but have a path to Fantasy relevance. For the most part, those are second- or third-year players who have failed to meet expectations or stay healthy. There are few things more satisfying than taking a guy from the waiver wire in August to your starting lineup in September. With that in mind, here are five guys who may be available in your league and look to have at least some opportunity to make a leap in the next month.
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Edwards was a no-show in his rookie year after the Raiders took him in the third round out of South Carolina, but he's been absolutely tearing up training camp. While some of the quotes have been too outlandish, the most important fact is that he's been playing ahead of John Brown and looks to be a starter opposite Henry Ruggs. One of these second-year receivers could make a huge leap, or at the very least fill the void left by Nelson Agholor.
Speaking of Agholor, he went to New England and was projected by many to be the top receiver on the team this year. But Meyers is the one drawing rave reviews after leading the team in receiving in 2020. As bad as this pass attack was last year, Meyers averaged 65 yards per game in his final 11 outings, and the only thing that kept him from Fantasy relevance was the fact he never got in the end zone. One way or another, this pass offense should be much better in 2021, and Meyers should score multiple touchdowns.
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I thought Tre'Quan Smith would be the one to benefit with Michael Thomas out, after all he had nearly twice as many targets last season. But in the games they played together, Callaway actually out-targeted Smith 19-15. Maybe more importantly, Callaway has been standing out in camp while Smith has struggled to stay on the field. As of right now, expect Callaway to be the team's No. 1 receiver in Week 1 against the Packers.
We've talked plenty about how bad the Lions' depth chart is at receiver. And right now I'd put Cephus behind Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tyrell Williams in terms of preference. But Cephus flashed big-play ability as a rookie (17.5 Y/R) and is currently listed as a starter on the first unofficial depth chart. Both Williams and Breshad Perriman have struggled with injuries and Dan Campbell says he's putting a lot of weight into preseason games with this group. It's not likely, but it's not impossible that Cephus is the Lions No. 1 receiver at some point this season.
Here are my updated Dynasty wide receiver rankings: